Hardin's Miniature

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Hardin's Miniature
Maturity Early
Growth Habit Semi-Determinate
Leaf Type Regular Leaf
Fruit Colour Red
Fruit Shape Cherry
Origin USA
'Hardin's Miniature' fruit, 2017, ©Kelly

Grower: Kelly

Year: 2017, 2023

Accession: 583

Seed Source: Creston Community Seed Library (formerly the Dan McMurray Memorial Seed Bank)


2023 Really excellent production for me this year. The last time I grew it was a wetter, cooler year and it was in a cooler area. This year it was warm and dry, and in a nice, hot area. I averaged a little more than half a pound per plant, which is not bad for a 8-9 gram (0.3 oz) fruit. About 50 fruits per plant. First fruit was at 64 days, although most of them started coming at about 67-70 days. Will produce a second mini-flush if not pulled after the first.
2017 Very late cherry variety - might be weather related because I see other descriptors say 65-75 days. Good windowbox variety, although would have liked to see a larger harvest. Fruit is grape shaped, but some exhibit a point at the blossom end. Moderate flavour.

Plant Growth Observations

Vine Growth Type: Semi-determinate

Vine Growth Habit: Bushy

Plant size: Dwarf (1 ft)

Leaf type: Regular

Leaf Coverage: Good

Maturity: 67 days

Fruit Observations

Skin colour: Red

Flesh colour: Red

Fruit Shape: Cherry/grape

Fruit Fasciation: Smooth

Fruit Firmness: Medium

Fruit Set: Excellent

Average Fruit Diameter: 0.75"

Average Fruit Length: 1-1.25"

Average Fruit Weight: 9 grams

Affliction Observations

  • Prefers warmer, drier weather. Will drop fruit if it's cool and wet.

Other Observations


  • Donated to the USDA National Germplasm System in 1965 Geary, OK, USA. The original entry is as follows:
G. 13726. 'Hardin's Miniature'. Presented by M. Hardin, Geary, Okla. Plant determinate, dwarf, very compact, 18 by 33 cm. Fruit oval, 3.5 by 2.0 cm., 9 g., red, 3 locules, nipple at blossom end, seedy, juicy, drop from plant; maturity 67 days, nonuniform ripening. [1]